In Spring 2017, Scottish Ballet will bring a vibrant triple bill to The Joyce Theater for three New York premieres.

Performing with “vibrant energy, brilliant coherence and an effortless visual elegance" (The Daily Telegraph), Scottish Ballet, the country’s national dance company, makes its Joyce debut with three New York premieres. The roster includes Christopher Bruce’s Ten Poems, which focuses on the theme of nostalgia in a piece set to a rhythmic and emotional reading of Dylan Thomas’ poems. Also on the program is Artistic Director Christopher Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giocosa, heralded by The New York Times for ushering in “a masterly new choreographic voice,” and Bryan Arias’ Motion of Displacement, inspired by the choreographer’s childhood memories of his mother’s journey from her native land in pursuit of love.


Ten Poems

Scottish Ballet performed the UK premiere of Christopher Bruce’s Ten Poems in 2014. Ten Poems features beautiful themes of nostalgia set to rhythmic and emotional readings of Dylan Thomas’ poems.

Christopher Harrison, Thomas Edwards, Andrew Peasgood and Eve Mutso in Christopher Bruce's Ten Poems.

“Ten Poems is a lyrical mosaic of love, life and loss that has Thomas at the heart of the choreography.”

The Herald
Ten Poems Gallery

Ten Poems - Credits


Motion of Displacement

Motion of Displacement explores the causes and effects of storytelling, inspired by Arias’ own childhood memories of his mother’s journey from her native land in pursuit of love.

Sophie Martin in Bryan Arias' Motion of Displacement.

“…the whole piece is a thought-provoking, beautifully constructed introduction to another new talent on the choreographic scene.”

The Scotsman
Motion of Displacement Gallery

“The look and sound – music by John Adams and Bach – is minimalist but there’s an expressive richness to Arias’s choreography that catches the emotions of both a physical and spiritual journey with telling intensity.”

The Herald

Motion of Displacement - Credits


Sinfonietta Giocosa

Scottish Ballet’s Chief Executive / Artistic Director Christopher Hampson created Sinfonietta Giocosa for Atlanta Ballet in 2006 and after a New York tour; it received its UK premiere with English National Ballet in 2007.

The forthcoming performances at Joyce Theatre New York will mark the first time that Scottish Ballet has performed Sinfonietta Giocosa.

Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet.

“In Sinfonietta Giocosa Mr. Hampson fulfilled his promise and then some… Mr. Hampson dusted his ballet with intricate pointe work and a liberal use of port de bras, which the dancers executed with unmannered dexterity. A mesmerizing trio for two men and a woman featured the dancers linking arms while gliding through Mr. Hampson's delicate, flittering footwork. Taken alone, Sinfonietta Giocosa was a pleasure, but it ushered in something more important: a masterly new choreographic voice.”

The New York Times

Sinfonietta Giocosa: Credits